Special Diets & Special Prayers
Thanks to all of you who have sent me e-mails and posts, either on my Facebook page, or Twitter Account, or directly responding to our emails. This week, I wanted to respond to some special situations – whether it be a special diet or a special occasion that needs some pastoral guidance and sensitivity. I hope you can share these thoughts with your family, friends, and parishioners. While I can’t guarantee I’ll have all of the answers, I can at least offer a pastoral perspective – and even a few culinary tips along the way. And please know that your responses and questions are greatly appreciated. So please keep them coming!
Have you ever made Bread that is gluten and dairy free? I make gluten free cakes, pies, and bread for a priest who is a friend, but I can’t quite get a recipe to come out the way it should. Can you give me any advice?
God Bless, - “LF”
As you may know, I’m more of a savory cook than I am a baker. And, unfortunately, my limited culinary training did not provide me with specialized diets or alternatives. My culinary perspectives focus on family dinners, celebration meals, eclectic-fusion cuisine, and elevating common foods. But I’m definitely growing in my appreciation for farm-to-table eating and the Slow Food movement, as long as people don’t treat these as a “religion.” My biggest culinary disadvantage is dietary specializations – such as gluten-free or other health related cooking.
However, I can at least point those with special dietary needs to a few good and popular websites, such as:
Hope these expert bloggers can help inspire you to more soul satisfying foods that are good for you and your guests, including those lucky parish priests for whom you cook!
Fr. Leo -
I have had the opportunity to hear you speak, taste an outstanding monte cristo sandwich with strawberry sauce and to read your many emails. I say “thank you and thank God for your witness and voice”. You are completely right that all people need to bring the family back to the table for shared time and shared dining. It is something we have always tried to do in our immediate family as well as with extended family.
I am a mother of six and my first born son is getting married soon [....and...] I have offered to host their rehearsal dinner at our home; about 25 people.
My question to you is about the menu. A wonderful chef friend is making for us a bean and spinach lasagna. Do you have any other ideas for appetizers and vegetables? [And, do you have any suggestions for] a prayer for them to [that I can] recite to myself during the ceremony? My prayer for them is that they find their faith together.
Thank you Fr. Leo for all your work, prayers and enthusiasm.
Your kind words are greatly appreciated, and I’m glad to hear you’re doing what you can to instill a perspective of faithfulness in your son, who will soon be married! I know it’s never easy to impart faith to a younger generation, but I can honestly say that our actions (such as you graciously hosting the rehearsal dinner and events) speak loudly, inspire softly, and encourage gently.
So, regarding some menu suggestions. I can say that I have several on my website and in my books, especially in Spicing Up Married Life (how convenient is that)! I also have done some simple appetizers on my TV Show, Savoring our Faith on EWTN. So click on the link to visit the website for even more recipes.
And not to beat the same drum, but building strong marriages and relationships is something I hold pretty sacred. So to answer your question about prayers you can say on behalf of your children, you can find several of those in Spicing Up Married Life as well. In fact I’ve often suggested giving this book to newlyweds as a gift. It comes complete with inspiring theological lessons about marriage, award-winning and home-tested recipes, questions to engage deeper conversation that can lead to a deeper conversion, and of course – PRAYERS they can say together! In other words, all of your questions can get answered in ONE BOOK! And it could continue to provide your son and his fiancée with both food and food for thought long after their blessed day.
Let us pray:
Father, there will always be special events and needs in our lives. Help us to always turn to You, so that You can point us in the right direction in order to find the best possible solution for these special circumstances. Grant that we will always be open to hearing Your guidance, even if it’s challenging! And give us the Grace to always respond, and thus be filled with enough Grace to share it with others. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Do you have questions for Fr. Leo? Or comments or recipe sharing suggestions? Post your comments here!
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